July 21, 2011 Subject:
This is a really charming movie. Heartwarming, succulently sentimental and straightforward.
December 23, 2010 Subject:
Wonderful little movie - a true gem!
This is just a beautiful movie - and casts a very special aura and ambiance. I first discovered it last year, on TCM, and it is due to be played again on TCM in the coming weeks. But I was so delighted to find it here on Archive. It is not at all "flaky" as another reviewer would state - but charming, old-worldly, with a statement regarding true charity towards others. I adore C. Aubrey Smith, Harry Davenport and Charles Winninger, Maria Ouspenskaya is wonderful in this movie too. It is simple, unpretentious and heartwarming. Peace and goodwill to all who watch it.
ps to dr feel rotten - i can see you do -its obvious. Will be praying for you. God bless and help you.
Reviewer:Dr Feel Rotten -
December 17, 2010 Subject:
Amusing and entertaining, but...
I don't buy a single word of the notions they try to peddle here that there is some benevolent spirit waiting to whisk all the good people away to lala land or that of spirits, souls and ghosts.
We're just so much organic matter just like every other organic matter with mere larger brain capacity for survival purposes..It's no master plan..just pure dumb luck and were on the most brutal planet of them all where killing and brutality reign supreme and benevolence is a sold commodity to market more slop the more suckers.
June 1, 2010 Subject:
3-star screenplay with 4-star performances
A bit of sentimental Christmas fluff that isn't quite what it seems at first. Three lonely millionaires invite two strangers in for Christmas Eve dinner, and in the best holiday-romance tradition, the strangers fall in love. But then a tragedy strikes that moves the plot into fantasy and a somewhat darker direction. There are moments when the story becomes syrupy sentimental, but what the heck, it's Christmas. So why the heck not? An excellent cast features, among others, two of my personal favorites, C. Aubrey Smith and Maria Ouspenskaya. Interesting and enjoyable though it is, this isn't the movie to have on while the kiddies are opening their presents on Christmas morning. CAST NOTES: C. Aubrey Smith (Sir Aubrey Smith) was a formidable character actor, both in size and ability. The quintessential retired British officer type, he appeared in 109 films, many of them acknowledged classics like "And Then There Were None" and "The Four Feathers"(1939). Off stage and off screen, the diminutive Maria Ouspenskaya was a dedicated ball of fire who single-handedly founded and supported the School of Dramatic Art. Slightly eccentric in her lifestyle, she was addicted to astrology and big, black cigars. Three of her more noteworthy films are, "Dodsworth," "The Rains Came" and "Dr. Ehrlick's Magic Bullet." And she will always be remembered as the mother of the original wolf man, Bela Lugosi, who bit Lon Chaney jr.. The rest is history, and a lot of fur balls.
February 13, 2010 Subject:
It may be a Christmas classic, but it isn't a Christmas "movie".
It may start out on Christmas Eve and they sing a few carols, but it isn't a Christmas "movie" after the first few minutes, so don't let that hinder you from choosing this film.
Recommended if you like Topper movies, ghost stories and/or redeeming romances.
It was predictable, but enjoyable, entertaining and most importantly - watchable.